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Old 03-09-2018, 08:17 PM
Butchie Butchie is offline
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A couple of days ago I bought a snare drum wrapped in foil contact paper from an old timer. When I removed the contact paper I found gold paint over the shell of what looks to be a 1926-27 Ludwig Black Beauty, Standard Deluxe. Unfortunately there are two extra holes due to a muffler and the holes are directly over the Ludwig Chicago engraving. Any suggestions on removing the paint without causing any further damage?
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Old 03-09-2018, 08:33 PM
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Dang ! Of all the places to drill for a muffler. Still a nice drum that should clean up good and sound great.
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Old 03-10-2018, 11:32 AM
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Any paint stripper should work. Can't really do any damage to the shell as long as you don't use a metal putty knife or scraper on it.......marko
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Old 03-10-2018, 11:55 AM
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Any paint stripper should work. Can't really do any damage to the shell as long as you don't use a metal putty knife or scraper on it.......marko
I agree. I personally go with Klean Strip. Strongest stripper on the market ( that I've ever found ) and works ultra fast and can wiped off. This is one you wanna wear gloves and not get on your self. Warned my co-worker about it yesterday actually as we were using it. He ignored me, until I heard owe owe owe oh it burns and watched him run to the bathroom.
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Old 03-10-2018, 12:18 PM
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I was afraid of damaging the lacquer, nickel and the engraving. I don't expect it to have much of the black nickel left but whatever it does have I'd like to keep. Will it remove the paint from within the engraving? Can I very carefully brush the stripper into the engraving? Thanks guys, I appreciate the advice.

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Old 03-10-2018, 12:25 PM
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I honestly don't think it'll hurt nickel, engraving or even the laminate. I think for it to really get into those it would need to sit for an extended period of time. Typically Klean Strip is able to be wiped within a few minutes, so it never gets deep enough. Would def take the paint out from the engraving. And yes I would use a smaller brush and do light amounts. You'll see it begin to bubble and do it's thing.
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Old 03-10-2018, 12:26 PM
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That's great! Thanks!
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Old 03-10-2018, 12:44 PM
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A good welder can cover up those hole and you won't be able to tell they were there
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Old 03-10-2018, 12:47 PM
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I might suggest acetone as any acid or strong base could affect the nickel plating. It should weep into the engraving as well. Then use a baby toothbrush to scrub out the engraving.

No matter what, ALWAYS TEST before going “all-in”.
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Old 03-10-2018, 12:51 PM
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I might suggest acetone as any acid or strong base could affect the nickel plating. It should weep into the engraving as well. Then use a baby toothbrush to scrub out the engraving.

No matter what, ALWAYS TEST before going “all-in”.
Very good tip there. Start with a small area and see what the results are. Acetone is also good and will work. Just make sure you are in a ventilated area as with using any chemical.
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